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MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja

PRESIDENTIAL candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) yesterday named Professor of Law and former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) as his running mate.
Describing Osinbajo as “a friend of the less privileged, compassionate and zealous in service, a man of uncommon humility, a loyal, dependable and selfless patriot”, Buhari explained that the choice was made amid consultations with party leaders and his associates.

The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh,  yesterday assured Nigerians that the military would win the war against Boko Haram terrorists.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after a breakfast meeting between Service Chiefs and President Goodluck Jonathan, Badeh promised that elections would hold in all parts of the country.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, has vowed to sanction officers and men of the force for unprofessional conduct, most especially now that the 2015 elections are drawing nearer.
Abba gave the warning on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting the “Inspector-General of Police Award’’ to four junior officers for their exceptional performance, with one receiving it posthumously.

ANDREW OROLUA, Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja Wednesday held that the National Assembly has the power to investigate the alleged N10 billion spent on the maintenance of private aircraft by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The court, however said that the procedure adopted by the House of Representatives on March 20, 2014 in probing Alison-Madueke’s alleged involvement  in the aircraft deal was faulty. It therefore, set aside the letters of invitation and summons issued on Diezani Alison-Madueke to appear before the House’s Committee.

 

MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja

Members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives yesterday failed in their attempt to compel President Jonathan to personally present the 2015 budget estimate before a joint session of the National Assembly instead of the Finance Minister whom the President has delegated to do so, on his behalf.

NWEKE CHUKWUNONSO, Abuja

Do to her personal struggles and effort towards development of oil industry and barely three weeks after her election as first female.

President of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been appointed as the President of the Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the first woman to be so appointed by the body.

JACOB OGODO, Abakaliki

•House Leader brutalised

FACTIONAL crisis rocking Ebonyi State House of Assembly turned bloody yesterday when thugs said to be loyal to one of the faction led by the Speaker, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku attacked loyalists of  Deputy Speaker, Hon. Blaise Orji inside the premises of the Assembly along Nkaliki road Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
The crisis started when members loyal to Orji were locked out of the sitting of the House by the Nwazunku faction when the Assembly reconvened from its recess.

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